What better way to begin the Christmas season than with a trip by steam train on the “Bath Christmas Market”?
There will be ample time to sample Bath’s award winning Christmas Market, set in the beautiful area between the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally famous Roman Baths, or to visit Bristol for the ‘best Christmas shopping in the South West’. Join us as we travel by vintage steam train through some superb countryside en route.
We leave Poole at around 07:00 hauled by A4 Pacific class steam locomotive No. 60009 Union of South Africa. Our steam locomotive will be working hard, as our train climbs Parkstone Bank. We stop to pick up further passengers at Bournemouth, Brockenhurst and Southampton.
We follow the main line towards London as far as Eastleigh where we take the single-track line to Romsey. Here we join the Southampton to Salisbury direct line and then travel up the valley of the River Test. We stop at Salisbury, for the loco to take on water, and then continue along the ‘South West’ main line to Wilton. Here we turn northwards and cross the edge of Salisbury Plain en route to Warminster. We descend steeply to Westbury, with its famous hillside white horse, and then follow the scenic Avon Valley.
We shall soon catch sight of the Georgian city of Bath as we approach the well-kept Bath Spa Station which is close to the city centre. The afternoon is free to explore the city which has gained a reputation not only for its famous Christmas Market but also for its quality independents and favourite high street stores. The essentially ‘British’ Christmas Market is centrally located and has over 170 traditional wooden chalets offering everything you will need for the perfect Christmas celebration.
Meanwhile our train continues to Bristol, another fascinating destination for those who wish to explore this fine city instead. It has several world class attractions including Britain’s most acclaimed historic ship, the S.S. “Great Britain”; Brunel’s iconic Clifton suspension bridge; the world’s fifth oldest zoo; and an historic harbour-side, the location of the M Shed, an exciting new innovative museum. The city is a Christmas shopper’s haven with all the major retail outlets in the Broadmead and Cabot Circus shopping centres.
Our steam locomotive is turned and serviced at Bristol prior to departing with our train at around 17:30 for the return journey. We stop to pick up those parcel laden passengers who stayed for the Christmas Market in Bath! During the journey, we expect to meet up with Santa and his Elves, so presents will be handed out to all children on board! Please let us know your child’s age when booking. At Salisbury we say goodbye to our steam locomotive and the remainder of the journey will be diesel hauled. We return by the route of our outward journey, stopping at the same stations for passengers to alight.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)
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